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FSU vs. Florida: Halftime thoughts and observations

Seminoles have struggled in all 3 phases

Charles Mays/Tomahawk Nation

Welcome to rivalry week.

From the first whistle to the final of the second quarter, it was a total meltdown for the undefeated Florida State Seminoles through the first two quarters in all three phases against the Gators.

In the first quarter, it was all Gators. The Seminoles ran three offensive plays with negative 7 yards. Florida ran 23 plays on offense for 103 yards. They also kept the ‘Noles offense off the field owning time of possession.

Tate Rodemaker barely saw the field but he and the offense looked rattled and out of sorts. Trey Benson had a bad negative run and set the offense up for a long third down.

On the other hand, Florida’s freshman quarterback Max Brown led the ball down the field and looked composed and ready for the moment, leading the Gators on a 13-play, 45-yard drive that fortunately ended in a missed field goal.

In the first quarter, Florida’s offense was 5-6 on third down and finally got a touchdown on the board after a very questionable unnecessary roughness call against Akeem Dent on third and goal.

Then once the ‘Noles got the ball back down seven they had a three and out and went for a punt on 4th and 6 and would have gotten a first down but had a false start. Then they finally punted the ball and had a 16-yard punt.

The game was already bad and then it got even worse for Tate Rodemaker as he took a safety. He did not perform well in the first half but the team was a complete mess around him, with the offensive struggles amplified by poor starting field position throughout the half.

Luckily after the awful start, the offense settled down and drove the length of the field for a touchdown to cut things down to a five-point deficit. The defense also forced two straight punts, but did give up a 54-yard rush seconds before the half that allowed Florida to attempt another field goal (though this also was wide.)

Even after so many things going wrong they are only down 12-7 — the Seminoles will start with the ball in the third, but need a complete rehaul of their approach to the game with Florida having asserted itself early.